The latest record to come from young California producer Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) follows not long after a handful of EPs and one "mini-album" by the artist, which are full of many fine examples of his kind of off-kilter, bass-centric beat compositions. And yet, Bad Vibes is being touted as the producer's debut full-length. While this new LP is certainly Laufer's longest and possibly his most thought-out release to date, it sounds much more like a new phase in his short history rather than an introduction. Read more »
If you remember our review of the Mouves EP by English artist Tropics, we enjoyed it quite a bit, and we're certainly hopeful for the outcome of his full-length debut, Parodia Flare, when Planet Mu drops it on September 20. Thankfully, the remixes of producer Chris Ward's tunes are turning out quite nicely, too, like the latest version of "Mouves" by Texas' Botany. The gauzy, chimerical vibes of the original remain in tact as the American tunesmith injects Ward's song with a bit of bubbly dancefloor energy.
One of the many, many excellent artists featured on The Count & Sinden's just-released Mega Mega Remix LP is Manchester-based house and boogie enthusiast Krystal Klear, who delivers a funkified take on Graeme Sinden's and Josh Harvey's "After Dark." The already propulsive club tune time travels back to 1983 for this classically inspired rework, which might be one of the best productions we've heard from the up-and-coming UK artist. You can stream more of The Count & Sinden's remixes by the likes of Lone, xxxy, Hot City, and others here, and check out a list of Sinden's upcoming US tour dates after the jump. Read more »
The Rapture-run NYC dance label Throne of Blood is soon expanding to include another imprint—an endeavor that started as a "roving house and disco party" in 2009 by DJ/producer Jacques Renault and journalist Nik Mercer, called Let's Play House—with the release of a fresh 12" by Renault's production outfit, Runaway. Read more »
With Martyn's forthcoming Ghost People LP on the way (to be released in October to be exact), the good people at Intruders TV took the opportunity to discuss a few things with the heralded sonic adventurer. The 10-plus-minute interview covers topics such as Martyn's new LP, his 3024 imprint, how he got hooked up with FlyLo and the Brainfeeder camp (who will be releasing his forthcoming album), and a few other bits and pieces that fall in between. Read more »
San Francisco's Kush Arora has put together a new EP of international proportions, tapping the UK's Lady Chann, NYC’s Jah Dan, Chicago’s MC Zulu, Oakland's Undah P, and reemerging Kingston legend Mega Banton to contribute their vast vocal flavors to Arora's funky, futuristic dancehall. For Banton's featured track (which, coincidentally, kicked-off Chrissy Murderbot's XLR8R podcast a few months back), the enigmatic MC rips through an astonishing amount of phrases while bombastic horns and pummeling drums charge behind him. Of course, no Arora production would be complete without the right touch of sinister synth work, and "Shake Sitten" is no different, save for the fact that its intensity is perfectly matched by Banton's blistering vocals. The Spanish Street Riddim EP (artwork above) sees its release August 10, with a special release show—our Bay Area readers will be happy to notice—going down in SF that night (full details here).
It's that time again, folks—that time when we reveal to you the most downloaded tracks from XLR8R's highly curated selection of MP3s (and let you download them again, of course!) for the month. Read more »
For anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing Richie Hawtin's alter-ego Plastikman in its recent incarnation around the world, it should be fairly obvious that there is quite a complex system behind the multimedia experience that is Plastikman Live. Hawtin recently shared some in-depth insight into the elements that make the show possible with Burn Studios (who also had the techno legend briefly discuss his thoughts on art, technology, and success in another video, which you'll find after the jump). Read more »
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